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How The Leopard Got It’s Spots

Dominic Hopkinson

How The Leopard Got It’s Spots

Dominic Hopkinson





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 20
Length: 42
Depth: 30


Carrara marble

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding
  • On a plinth

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Hand carved for my solo exhibition “Scientific Sublime” which was the first showing of work that came out of my 18 month role as artist in residence at the School of Mathematics at University of Leeds.

Thematic/contextual information

The process that causes leopards to have spots and zebras to have stripes is the same, it’s a chemical event called reaction diffusion. However, this is driven by a set of equations that define the parameters within which the chemical and biological processes are allowed to occur. The title alludes to this, purposely mixing up the carved stripes of a zebra, with the question of how a leopard got its spots. It’s the same process.

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